Public safety should always come first and that includes the safety of the peacekeepers of Los Angeles. On Friday, February 13, 2015, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Board of Parole Hearings (BPH) will consider the parole for Raylene Brooks, the driver in the drive-by shooting that killed LAPD Officer Daniel Pratt in 1988.
The League, along with numerous other law enforcement agencies and associations, have sent letters of opposition, but we need everyone to speak out. This vicious murderer has not yet fully paid her debt to society and should receive the maximum term of her sentence. We must send a clear message that murder of police officers is unacceptable and all those who are found guilty must be dealt the harshest possible punishment under the law.
On the night of September 3, 1988, Officer Pratt and his partner, Officer Veronica Delao Jenkins, were undercover in South Los Angeles when they heard what they thought was gunfire. They then encountered the headlights of the car that, just minutes before, had been involved in a gang-related drive-by shooting, leaving three people wounded. Upon pursuit, Brooks made an abrupt U-turn, and headed toward the officers. Brooks’ then boyfriend, Kirkton Moore opened fire on Officer Pratt, striking and killing him instantly. As the driver of the car involved in the shooting, Brooks was convicted of first-degree murder of a peace officer.
Officer Pratt is survived by his wife, Andria; daughters, Amanda and Heather; and sons, Danny Jr. and Nicholas. Also surviving him are his parents, Joyce and Roy Pratt Sr., four brothers, three sisters, and a host of other loved ones.
We must come together, law enforcement and supporters, and send a clear message that we will never forget the murder of a fellow officer, no matter how much time has passed. As we did in our letter, tell the Parole Board that Brooks must not be granted parole and that we expect her to receive the harshest possible punishment under the law.
We’re asking for your help to keep public safety first and protest the parole for this convicted murderer immediately by sending letters to the Parole Board opposing parole for Raylene Brooks, inmate CDC W40103 to:
Board of Parole Hearings
Post Office Box 4036
Sacramento, CA 95812-4036
Please note that your letters must be received two weeks prior for the Parole Board to consider them, so please send your letters soon.
Make your voices heard and prevent these hardened murderers from being released back into society.
We will never forget.
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